The Story of Macbeth

Emily Fields

A long time ago, in a faraway land called Scotland, there once was a captain named Macbeth who was the thane of Glamis. He was married to an ambitious women named Lady Macbeth. One of Macbeth`s good friends was a fellow captain, named Banquo who was a man of good nature. Macbeth and Banquo fought together on the battlefield to protect their country and were thought of very highly by fellow fighters and Duncan, the king of Scotland.
One day, Macbeth and Banquo were travelling home from a victory on the battlefield when they happened to run into three witches. Banquo was freaked out by the witches and how they looked.
"Are you alive?" he asked cautiously, "You don't look like you belong on this planet but here you are. Can you answer questions? I think you understand me."
The three witches looked at each other and then to Macbeth and Banquo.
"We have predictions we want to tell you." They said in unison, "Macbeth, you are thane of Glamis, thane of Cawdor, and future king! And Banquo, even though you will never be king, your descendants will be."
Macbeth and Banquo, intrigued by these predictions, desperately wanted to know more but before they could ask, the witches vanished. Confused, they looked at each other and agreed they must be on drugs. Macbeth was very interested bu the news that these witches had brought but Banquo was much more cautious for he understood that the witches represented evil and evil doings. Not long after, they found out that the old thane of Cawdor committed treason and Macbeth was now the thane of Cawdor. Both Banquo and Macbeth were very surprised by this news and Macbeth began to imagine what it would be like if he was king.
When Macbeth got home to his castle, he told his wife, Lady Macbeth, all about the witches' prophesies and how they were coming true. He also told her that he'd like to be king but for right now, he wants to stay loyal to Duncan. Lady Macbeth was not happy with this and being the ambitious women she is, took it upon herself to convince Macbeth to kill the king. Lady Macbeth was a lady greedy for power and will stoop at nothing to get it. She too wants the king dead and calls on the evil spirits to remove her femininity so that she could help commit the murder.
"If you were a real man," She said to him, "You'd kill the king."
"But-" Macbeth started to respond.
"But nothing!" Lady Macbeth said with a murderous look on her face, "If I promised to do something, like kill my own baby, I would do it no matter what."
Macbeth looked at his wife in disbelief, surprised she would say such a thing.
"I'll think about it, okay?" He finally responded.
Satisfied, Lady Macbeth smiled at her husband and left to go to their room.
Macbeth thought long and hard about the pros and cons of killing Duncan. On one side, Duncan was a very good king, had a good nature, and Duncan thought very highly of him. On the contrary, he wanted to be king and didn't want to disappoint his wife. Macbeth struggled with many good and evil thoughts while awaiting to kill Duncan. Eventually, his evil side won and Macbeth made a plan with his wife to kill the king while he was staying in their castle. After waiting for the signal from his wife, Macbeth snuck off and killed Duncan. Macbeth met up later with Lady Macbeth once the murders had been completed. While Lady Macbeth seemed content with all that had just happened, Macbeth appeared worried and upset.
"I feel really guilty," he told his wife, "I can't say amen and I think that I heard a voice."
"You're overreacting," Lady Macbeth shrugged off his comment, "No one will know it was us. Come on, let's wash our hands and go to bed." She left to go clean her hands.
"I'm serious," he said following after her, "I thought I heard a voice say 'Macbeth does murder sleep'".
"We can't think that way about what we did. If we do, It'll drive us crazy." Lady Macbeth replied.
And with that they went to wash their hands and head to bed.
Not long after, everyone discovered that they king had been murdered along with his guards. Macbeth stood off to the side and listened to everyone grieving the great king's death and wondering who it could've possibly been. Macbeth could feel the guilt bubbling up in his stomach as if he had eaten bad chicken. It finally overtook him and he admitted to the killing...of the guards. Everyone believed him and didn't blame him for what he had done. Macbeth felt so relieved that he got that off his chest and was ready to go to the next part of his plan: to kill Banquo.
As much as he didn't want to, Macbeth knew that, sadly, he had have to kill off Banquo and his son to make sure he'd get the throne. Since the witches had predicted that Banquo's descendants so obviously neither of them can stay alive if Macbeth is going to continue to be king. Banquo was also beginning to suspect Macbeth was playing foully for the throne. So Macbeth decided to hire some murderers to kill off Banquo and his son so that he doesn't have to feel guilty about killing his good friend. Macbeth arranged and told the murderers to hide along the side of the road and kill Banquo and his son when they come by. They were successful and killed Banquo but somehow Fleance is able to escape.
A little while later, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth held a banquet to celebrate Macbeth's new title as king. At the banquet, many of the guests were wondering where Banquo was and why he was so late. Macbeth gave the lords at the table a weird look and told them he disagreed.
"No, the table is full" he said.
"But there's an empty seat here, sir" said Lennox, one of the lords.
Macbeth looked to the spot where Lennox was pointing to and frowned. He was imagining the ghost of Banquo sitting in that same spot but it appeared that no one was seeing what he was. The guilt Macbeth was feeling caused him to see Banquo's ghost and caused him to have a small freak-out. Lady Macbeth was able to calm him down by insulting his manhood once again.
After recovering his guilt-induced hallucination and freak-out, Macbeth was starting to become unhappy with the amount of power he had. He wanted more power but the witches hadn't told him any more prophesies and all the ones they had already told him had come true. So Macbeth decided to go see the three witches and find out some new prophesies. Little did he know that the witches saw that he had been playing foully to make his prophesies come true and want to give him false ones to trick him. So the witches told Macbeth to beware the thane of Fife (Macduff), that he can't be hurt by anyone born of a women, and that he would no be defeated unless Birnam Wood comes marching to him at Dunsinane Hill (Macbeth's castle). Macbeth was happy with this because it meant that he would never be defeated and would be king for as long as he shall live...or so he thinks. Just to be on the safe side, he orders his murderers to kill Macduff's family.
Little did Macbeth know that Macduff had gone to find Malcom, Duncan's oldest son, to bring him back to Scotland to fight Macbeth and take back the throne. Macbeth soon found out about this but was not worried at all because he thought no one could hurt him.
While Malcom and Macduff were getting ready to dethrone Macbeth and Macbeth was not the least bit worried about the battle, Lady Macbeth was having her own little guilt-driven freak-out. She felt so guilty about being an accessory to all those murders that she had begun to sleepwalk, sleep-talk about the murders, and wash her hands in her sleep, as if she was trying to clean the blood off her hands again. Lady Macbeth felt so guilty for all the evil things that she had done that she eventually decided that it was best for her to die and not have to live with the guilt of killing innocent and good people.
While Macbeth was preparing slowly for battle after learning about Malcom and Macduff's plan, Malcom, Macduff, and their army decided to camouflage themselves with branches from Birnam Wood to confuse Macbeth about how many of them there are. Using this sneaky technique, they snuck up on Dunsinane Hill and got ready to attack the castle by dropping their branches and surprising Macbeth with the large amount of soldiers ready to fight. Before Macbeth could realize it, Macduff and Malcom's army had surrounded his castle and were already trying to break in. The army was able to break into Macbeth's castle and Macbeth began to fight back against them, overconfident because he believed that no one could hurt or defeat him. Suddenly, Macduff bursted into the room was fighting and slaying other soldiers.
"Turn around, you evil monster!" Macduff cried.
"It's pointless trying to wound or kill me," Macbeth said with a laugh, "I live a charmed life, which can't be ended by anyone born of a woman!"
"You can forget about your charm" Macduff replied, "the evil spirit you serve can tell you I was not born. I was delivered through a C-section!"
"Curse you for telling me this" Macbeth responded looking visibly worried, "I don't believe those evil creatures anymore, I won't fight you!"
"Then surrender, you coward!" Macduff said.
"Never!" Macbeth responded with a loud cry.
With that they began a ferocious fight, swinging their swords and lunging at each other. With one powerful swing of his sword, Macduff killed Macbeth and just like that, Scotland was saved from it's evil and greedy tyrant. The forces of good trumped the forces of evil and there was no longer any evil in the great new kingdom of Scotland. It just goes to show that the good will always trump the evil and getting something that you desperately want through foul play isn't always worth the guilt you'll feel.